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Ohio University alumni John and Marcia Baughman establish the Ohio University Baughman Family Scholarship to benefit students on the Lancaster Campus.

Photographer: Mandi Custer

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Retired Lancaster City Schools Superintendent John Baughman and retired Lancaster teacher Marcia Baughman at Konneker Alumni Center.

Photo courtesy of: John and Marcia Baughman

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Retired Lancaster City Schools Superintendent John Baughman and retired Lancaster teacher Marcia Baughman know the value of an education.

But, they believe it doesn’t have to be an education received in a traditional academic setting to be a good one. That is why John and Marcia Baughman endowed a $30,000 scholarship through The Ohio University Foundation at Ohio University’s Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center for public and private school students, as well as students who are homeschooled or have a GED.

"There are a lot of people that use religious based schools or homeschooling as a way to make sure that the education their children get is the one they want them to have," said John Baughman. "Anybody who meets an academic measure, whether it’s a high school diploma, GED or homeschool certificate, is deserving. We appreciate education in all forms. We didn’t want to exclude any kids."

 There were more than 350 students homeschooled in Fairfield County last year.

The Ohio University Baughman Family Scholarship requires recipients to attend the Lancaster Campus or Pickerington Center as an undergraduate and requires that the recipients graduate from a high school in Lancaster or live within the Lancaster School District boundaries. Grade point average is not a requirement for the award. Preference for the scholarship will be given to students who are first-generation college students, students who demonstrate service to the community and students who are working to pay for a portion of their education.

John Baughman grew up in Lancaster and was a first-generation college student who had to work his way through school. His father only had a 6th grade education. The opportunity to be able to go to school close to home at the Ohio University Lancaster Campus helped John Baughman get his degree. Marcia Baughman was also a first generation college student and benefited by her hometown’s community college, later transferring to Ohio University to complete her degree.

"I wouldn’t have my education if the regional campus wouldn’t have been here," said John Baughman. "I wouldn’t have had the ability to work and go to night school."

John Baughman also got a small scholarship while going to school; one of the reasons he and his wife want to do the same for someone else trying to get an education in Lancaster.

"If somebody hadn’t paved the way for me to get a scholarship, I wouldn’t be where I am now," said John Baughman.

Both John and Marcia Baughman were long-time educators in the Lancaster community.

The gift supports Ohio University’s The Promise Lives Campaign, a $450 million campaign to support scholarships, faculty, the student experience, facilities, and community outreach. So far, the Campaign has raised more than $399 million in support of these priorities. The Campaign ends in June 2015. On the Lancaster Campus, the goal is to raise $3.5 million dollars in order to expand educational opportunities and spur business growth in Fairfield County. The campus already has secured $1.7 million in support toward the Campaign.

Ohio University’s Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center are a critical gateway to education and opportunity for students and the community. The Lancaster Campus has experienced tremendous progress since its founding in 1956, and continues to provide a premiere university education within a small-college setting at an affordable price.

To learn more about The Promise Lives Campaign or to make a donation, contact Mandi Custer at custera@ohio.edu or 740-654-6711 ext. 234.